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Comment: ya but ...? (Score 1) 79 79

It does nothing to stop the C51. The right thing to do is to donate to the opposition party that would against C51. They need the money the could get to deliver their messages to the voters. Alternatively, compromise the political party in power, expose their scandals, etc. This is no more than public stunt that does nothing to anyone other than earning a few headline news article, at best.

Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 2, Interesting) 244 244

The greatest thing about idevice is the annual upgrade cycle. A lot of dumb ass upgrade their idevice every year -- and it is safe to say > 90% of idevice users upgrade theirs every 2-3 years. I don't see and do not anticipate people replacing their car every 2-3 years, let alone every year. Car navigation system may sound cool in theory, it may not bring in much more revenue. Having said that though, it may reduce the upgrade cycle of idevice.

Comment: sound idea? (Score 1) 299 299

I think the idea sound but it might be too expensive and not cost effective. Let's say that saves $50 a month in electricity bill (that is very optimistic). $13K / $50 = 260 months = 21 years. Let's say tax payers chips in to offset 50% of the cost. It is still 10 years to break even, not to mention installation cost and the battery may not last 10 years. If it is priced at $2K, that is a different story.

Comment: ads (Score 3, Interesting) 286 286

Pictures ad or text ad on website usually host on different servers than the content provider. If I use my old fashion telnet to get the content, I would have to make an extra effort to download these ads. What I am saying is one would argue ads are not part of the "content" from the content provider.

Comment: Re:water? (Score 1) 678 678

Of course I know that Canada is a very water-rich country. The "water" might not in the form of liquid though for ease of transportation.

I don't think you got my sarcasm -- let's say the water pipe is built and the drought problem in California is gone, the "water" pipe could be converted to oil pipe without much hassle especially. That explains why the water pipe is going to cost $30B -- it needs to withstand anything we throw at it in case it leaks. Water leakage is likely not a problem, oil spill is.

Comment: hate to blow the bubbles (Score 1) 294 294

I hate to blow the bubbles, if you go to any branch office of multinationals around the world, you will find the majority of people at the top there are from the origin countries. One would argue that it is only limited to the people at the top, i am sure there is some sort of discrimination taking place but at a lower scale comparing to Tata.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.